Legendary Chicago producer, DJ, and ghetto house pioneer DJ Deeon has passed away, his official Facebook page has confirmed.
The post, made by an admin of the page and posted just before midnight Central Daylight Time on July 17, announces: “I am sorry to announce the legendary Artist, Producer, DJ, Label owner, and my friend Deeon "DJ Deeon" Boyd gained his wings today.”
“The family thanks you for your support and will announce arrangements in the coming days. Thank you for your understanding. #DJDEEONforever #GRC #lowendforlife”
No cause of death has been revealed, although Deeon has been known to have suffered ill health in recent years. In 2020, a crowdfunder was launched after the producer suffered multiple “mini strokes”, and other prolonged health issues including quadruple bypass heart surgery, cancer and chemotherapy, and the amputation of one of his legs.
Last Thursday, he posted another photo from hospital where he could be seen wearing a breathing apparatus, asking fans: “PRAY FOR ME”.
Having cut his teeth as a DJ on the South Side of Chicago, DJ Deeon was instrumental in the transformation of house into its X-rated cousin ghetto house — alongside contemporaries Parris Mitchell, DJ Funk, Jammin' Gerald, Traxman and DJ Slugo.
The producer was famously named as one of Daft Punk's inspirations in their track 'Teachers' from 1997 album 'Homework'.
Through label Dance Mania he's released a series of dancefloor classics including 'Bomb 96', 'Freak Like Me', 'Wicked', 'Back 2 Skool' and 'House-o-matic'.
In May, DJ Deeon released four EPs in two days adding 25 new tracks to his already extensive discography.
Read some tributes to DJ Deeon below.
DJ Deeon forever Thank you for blessing me and my crew with your kindness, grace and support. I will never forget you or this moment right here. Ever in my life. I love you, Debo. pic.twitter.com/RgDm5YkzHW— Slave to the BongoRiddim (@DownByDfault) July 18, 2023
RIP DJ Deeon. It would be hard to overstate his importance to Chicago and all of dance music. He was also an extremely sweet guy who will be missed terribly. Damn.— The Blessed Madonna (@Blessed_Madonna) July 18, 2023
Deeon one of the few that shared music, wisdom and just could make a nigga laugh when feeling down. Always quick to big someone else up and always held it down himself. Fr heartbroken a real one is gone.— Kush Jones JBW (@kush_jones_) July 18, 2023
RIP to the Low End Legend @Djdeeon. Soundtrack to my childhood. Juke parties at the rinks. Lied to Fatty about RSVP’ng so I could sneak into his Boiler Room set at East Room. Didn’t have 20 bucks for a Dance Mania shirt. I’m behind dude on the right. SouthSide Forever. pic.twitter.com/dAeCxvlD62— Hennessee Williams (@AllTheWayKay) July 18, 2023